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Davao City Hall

The old Davao City Hall (Photo by: Mark Maranga)

Friday is the last of working days and I decided to visit SM City Davao since I finally had the chance to go at the shopping mall with much time. My place is surrounded with four major malls in the city and I took the opportunity to go to the one I rarely go because of its distance away from my home.

While I was entering SM Annex, I came across an exhibit that features the old Davao and its new look. Then I suddenly realize that Davao City is celebrating its founding anniversary this month! I almost forgot! I’m much pre-occupied with the things I need to do in my work.

As I individually scanned the framed photos, I learned that Mayor Elias B. Lopez is the father of “Araw ng Dabaw”. It was him who initiated the annual celebration that started in 1968. He was an elected mayor twice in the city in 1968-1971 and 1981-1986. He commissioned Guillermo Anajao to compose the official anthem of Davao City which is “Tayo’y Dabawenyo”. I remember singing it after we do “Lupang Hinirang” and the pledge for our country during flag ceremony. Davao became an official city on October 16, 1934 when President Manuel L. Quezon signed the Commonwealth Act No. 51.

Davao Ciy Hall

Davao Ciy Hall at present (Photo by: Sun Star)

The exhibit expands our knowledge about Davao City. Visitors will be fed with Davao’s transition. Davao Then and Now is an exhibit through the years brought to us by Museo Dabawenyo that will last on March 16. The displayed photos I have seen show the transformation of major streets, government offices, schools, monuments, churches, ports, banks and other known establishments in the city that will surely help my fellow Dabawenyos to learn more about the place that gave birth to them.